Image: Wedge-tailed Eagle wing
The wings of study skins are sewn into the specimen and can be broken off if an attempt is made to open them. For some specimens, a wing is detached from the skin during preparation and held separately in a spread position.
Detached wings, such as this one from a Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax, are stored in sealed plastic bags to protect them. They are very useful for studying the wing moult, colour, pattern and shape of a particular species.
- Jaynia Sladek
- © Australian Museum
O.70245 Aquila audax wing